I bought this bag because I wanted something different than the average looking rolling bag. First off, the first bag I received was not what was advertised. I ordered the purple and it was supposed to have a closed handle. Not. I returned that one only to get the same bag in exchange. The representative stated they don't know what the manufacturer is going to send. Wrong answer. Second, the bag is nowhere near 18 inches. The handle pole/stick (whatever you want to call it) takes up entirely too much space in the bag. Third, the lining and inside zipper all ripped after the second use. I used the bag to carry groceries and work stuff and sometimes as an overnight bag. Right now I use it as a storage bag.